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Multimedia Journalism Minor

The Multimedia Journalism minor prepares students to engage in the changing world of journalism in a new era defined by multimedia technologies and media convergence.  Blending history, theory, and practice, this minor gives students a firm grounding in media studies and develops their professional skills.

The minor complements any major at the college, allowing students the opportunity to produce their own journalism work and leave with a portfolio of materials to show prospective employers during their job search.

Students can pair course offerings in the Communication Studies department with a variety of co-curricular activities such as writing for The Sundial, the campus newspaper; working with WWRM, the campus radio station; helping to plan the Driver Film and Lecture Series and pursuing internships at both local and national media outlets. In the past, students have interned at our local ABC affiliate, WSET; Lynchburg Living, a local lifestyle magazine; Zohe Films, documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox's production company; and NBC Universal in Washington, DC.

Requirements for the Minor*

  • COMM 102: Introduction to Mass Media (3)
  • COMM 111: Introduction to Communication and Cultural Studies (3)
  • COMM 211: News Reporting or COMM 212: Feature Writing (3)
  • COMM 213: Newspaper Production Lab (3)
  • COMM 279: Digital Filmmaking or COMM 181: Photography (3)
  • COMM 330: News Media in the Information Age or COMM 432: Issues in Global Communication (3)

Total = 18 credits

*In addition to these courses, an approved internship at a media outlet is strongly recommended. Students interested in broadcasting may also consider taking COMM 241: American Radio and Television.

Advisor: Dr. Chad Beck, Chair and Assistant Professor of Communication Studies